Speedy soda bread

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Serves: 4

By CatherineHMumsnet



  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar crumbled over mixture

  • 250ml buttermilk

  • 125g wholemeal flour

  • 125g plain flour


  1. Sift both flours into a large bowl. Add back the extra bran flakes left in the sieve to the bowl.
  2. Now add in the salt, sugar and the buttermilk.
  3. Mix first with a wooden spoon and then lightly form with floured hands into a small ball.
  4. Take a sharp knife and cut a deep cross in the top of the loaf.
  5. If you like, you can also sprinkle some bran flakes on the top of the loaf at this point.
  6. Put on a very lightly greased baking tray in the oven at 230C/Gas Mark 8 for around 12 minutes. After that turn the oven down to 200C/Gas Mark 6 for 15 more minutes.
  7. Take the loaf out and test it, it's done when you hear a hollow sound if you knock the bottom of the loaf.

Handy Hint

If you don't want a hard crust to form, wrap the loaf in a clean tea towel when it's had a moment to cool after coming out of the oven.

Additional Information

  • Kids can help

  • Basics

  • bread

  • Vegetarian

  • Egg Free

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  • catwoman50 19/03/17 10:01

    No mention of bran flakes at all in the ingredients? ?? Bit rubbish really. As other poster said, what about the bi carb too?

  • Mustang27 17/03/17 11:32

    Does this work with gluten free flours

  • newroundhere 29/04/16 20:21

    Stupid question - when do you put the bicarbonate of soda in? It doesn't mention it in the method. Presume you just bung it with the sugar and salt?

  • loosechange 29/04/16 09:03

    Do I need to make any adjustments to make this with all plain flour?

  • 26/09/12 12:39

    I always have a pot of buttermilk in the fridge - most supermarkets sell it now - which means I can have fresh bread on the table around half an hour after I've started making it. And it really doesn't keep - it's best eaten the day it's made.